1. Summary of central claims
  2. Introduction

Culture, politics and criticism

  1. Introduction to culture, politics and criticism
  2. One dance or many: the styles of tango
  3. What is essential in tango: connection
  4. Culture and learning: acculturation vs. enculturation
  5. The fundamental problem of global tango: too much floor space
  6. Tradition and evolution in tango: the influence of Street Latin
  7. Conservatism and progressivism in tango: real and faux
  8. Tango as culture: anthropology vs. criticism
  9. Beauty or kitsch: making aesthetic judgements about tango dancing
  10. Sacred and profane values in the postmodern world
  11. Postmodernism: the hollowing out effect of ironic word salad in tango discourse
  12. Sex roles: is tango compatible with women’s empowerment
  13. The dystopian future: hipster tango
  14. Proposal for an Alternative Tango Nomenclature: Tango Dramático, Tango Romántico y Tango Expresivo

Music and musicality

  1. Tango music in historical context
  2. Musicality: the connection of music and movement
  3. Historical origins: the habanera rhythm
  4. Authenticity in music: the canonical recordings
  5. Beauty and interpretation: canonical tango recordings
  6. Feeling: understanding music as movement and expression


  1. Walking: the basic movement
  2. Feet: a functional approach
  3. Walking and the principle of reversibility
  4. Turning without swiveling
  5. Adornments and women’s technique: why they are a really bad idea
  6. Improvisation
  7. Choreography vs. emergent movement
  8. Technique and culture
  9. Efficiency of movement
  10. Naturalness in dancing
  11. Slow focused practice
  12. Embrace: the essence of tango
  13. Alignment: the chest
  14. Posture: the head-neck relation
  15. Arms: floating elbows

Learning & Teaching Strategies

  1. Mental imagery in movement education
  2. Training vs. demonstration of skill
  3. Microskill stack
  4. “The setup” for milonga success: minding the red flags
  5. The big small: courtesy
  6. Base
  7. Conversation
  8. Errors
  9. Motivation
  10. Reading
  11. Slow Focused Practice
  12. Teaching
  13. Videos


  1. Systems
  2. Rationale
  3. Needs
  4. Focused connected tango movement
  5. Method